Alvin N. Eden, M.D. F.A.A.P.

Alvin Eden

Dr. Eden is Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Born in Brooklyn, Dr. Eden attended Boys High School. He received his B.A. from Columbia College. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and did his internship in medicine at Bellevue Hospital and his pediatric residency at University Hospital in New York.

Dr. Eden became board certified in Pediatrics in 1957 and was appointed Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in 1958. He remained Chairman for more than 50 years and retired in 2009. He is a practicing pediatrician and involved with teaching students at New York University School of Medicine, Downstate Medical Center and Weill Medical College.

Dr. Eden has authored numerous publications in the pediatric literature and has written six child-care books. His latest book, a revised and updated “Positive Parenting” was published in October 2007. His research efforts have included the use of corticosteroids in the treatment of croup, the association of vibrio fetus (campylobacter) with perinatal morbidity and mortality and the efficacy of various antipyretic preparations. One of Dr. Eden’s most important contributions has been his work in the area of childhood obesity. His book, “Growing up Thin”, was one of the first to discuss both the danger and prevention of childhood obesity.

Dr. Eden has spent the last fifteen years deeply involved with the problem of iron deficiency in toddlers. His published clinical investigation demonstrated a higher prevalence of iron deficiency in toddlers from urban low socio-economic groups. In his writings and lectures, Dr. Eden has emphasized the potential loss of I.Q. points from increased lead absorption in toddlers who are iron deficient. His resolution advocating routine daily iron supplementation for all toddlers at the time they are switched to whole milk in order to prevent iron deficiency has been endorsed and adopted by the local Committee in Nutrition Chapter 2 District II of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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